How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Ask a Military Lawyer

P. Simmons
P. Simmons, Military Lawyer
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 11985
Experience:  Retired Marine Corps lawyer and Veterans Services Officer (VSO) with 12+ yrs. of experience.
11181181
Type Your Military Law Question Here...
characters left:
2 Military Lawyers are Online Now

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises! Gary B. Edmond, OK
< Last | Next >
  • Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises! Gary B. Edmond, OK
  • My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer. Eric Redwood City, CA
  • I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight. Michael Wichita, KS
  • PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent. Three H. Houston, TX
  • Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!! Elaine Atlanta, GA
  • It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem. Tony Apopka, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
 
 
 

Military Dishonorable Discharge

What is a dishonorable discharge?

A dishonorable discharge from the military is the act by which a service member is alleviated from all unfulfilled military duties because of acts of disgraceful conduct of the worst caliber including but not limited to as murder, sexual assault, desertion or conduct that does damage to the integrity of the military. Dishonorable discharges are a sentence handled by the general court martial proceedings.

Is there any way to revert an Absent With Out Leave (AWOL) to a dishonorable discharge?

In most situations, if this was more than twelve years ago, then the odds are extremely poor, more probable nothing, to revert an AWOL charge to a dishonorable discharge. If it was less than 12 years ago, he/she can appeal to the Discharge Review Board for the person’s specific service. He/she will need facts to support interests of justice, and usually the discharge would be upgraded

Can someone be tried in Military court as well as civilian court for AWOL with a dishonorable discharge?

The dishonorable discharge is not a civilian criminal law, so this would not be a conviction for civil courts. However, many times the conviction that leads to the dishonorable discharge can be tried in both military courts as well as civilian courts.

Is a bad conduct discharge the same as a dishonorable discharge. Is a dishonorable discharge a felony?

No , a bad conduct discharge and a dishonorable discharge are both punitive discharges, but a dishonorable discharge (DD) can only be awarded at a general court martial, it is more severe than a bad conduct discharge. In both cases the person will lose the majority of their Veteran Affair benefits. But with a Dishonorable discharge their chance of getting any benefits is very slim. A dishonorable discharge is the most severe discharge the military can give to an enlisted person.

If someone was given a dishonorable discharge 30 years ago for a drug possession charge, is there a way to get it changed to anything other than Honorable discharge?

A dishonorable discharge can only have come from a general court martial. General court martial decisions cannot be reviewed by either the upgrade board or the military corrections board. There was an appeal period, which applies to all general court martials, which is well passed.

Having a dishonorable discharge can affect a person’s life in and out of the military. For instance having this type of blemish on one’s record could cause loss of voting rights in the civilian world as well as, the person may lose all veterans benefits, including unemployment insurance, retirement income and medical care, that have accrued during the duration of service. Because medical care is often necessary for those who have served combat duty and comes without expense, this can be a devastating consequence. Often there is a social stigma to having a dishonorable discharge. If you or someone you know is facing these types of charges or issues and you have questions, you can ask an Expert to get fast insightful answer.

Ask a Military Lawyer

P. Simmons
P. Simmons, Military Lawyer
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 11985
Experience:  Retired Marine Corps lawyer and Veterans Services Officer (VSO) with 12+ yrs. of experience.
11181181
Type Your Military Law Question Here...
characters left:
2 Military Lawyers are Online Now

How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Military Lawyers are online & ready to help you now

P. Simmons
Military Lawyer
Satisfied Customers: 11441
Retired Marine Corps lawyer and Veterans Services Officer (VSO) with 12+ yrs. of experience.
Allen M., Esq.
Lawyer
Satisfied Customers: 4035
Lawyer and current JAG officer.
Marsha411JD
Lawyer
Satisfied Customers: 1149
Licensed attorney and former Navy JAG serving ashore, afloat and at the OJAG

Recent Dishonorable Discharge Questions

  • I have a DD, I went AWOL, I look back on it now and realize

    I have a DD, I went AWOL, I look back on it now and realize how stupid I was, or just naïve, I am proud to be an American and would defiantly love to have a do over so I could change the out come, if I knew then what I know now, I would still be a part of the military service, can I get an up grade on my discharge?
  • Is there any way an Army Recruit can reverse his decision to

    Is there any way an Army Recruit can reverse his decision to serve after starting boot camp? I'm sure that the Army would try to discourage that, and recruits have to learn to adjust....But if it just doesn't fit...can they change their mind and get out without having tags like "dishonorable discharge" on their record?
  • one military lawyer says not to talk to the defense attorney

    one military lawyer says not to talk to the defense attorney and prosecutor. The prosecutor is saying that I have to testify at the article 32 hearing. So what should I do? The lawyer said to keep my shut but prosecutor says that I have to testify at the article 32 hearing then what are my rights about self incriminating myself if certain questions are going to put me on the pedestal? Do i say "I invoke article 31"? Once i say I invoke article 31, will someone try and dig deeper to find out what it is? Then eventually I'm being accused of that crime that i decided to invoke my rights for. The case I'm being asked to testify has no relevance to sexual assault but the defense counsel and prosecutor is questioning me on Fraternization and Adultery.
< Last | Next >
View More Military Law Questions